An adventure in Niue

Why did the chicken cross the road? Well after a week away in Niue, I should really have the answer to that question. There are chickens crossing all over the place, and dogs, and cars swerving to avoid the potholes in the white crushed coral pavements. Surprisingly we didn’t see a single accident, squashed chicken…

Niue for Cruisers

In 1774 Captain James Cook attempted to land on a tiny volcanic coral atoll in the South Pacific, about 1500 miles North East of New Zealand. The locals however had other ideas, and Captain Cook was attacked with spears and he retreated and sailed off naming the tropical paradise “Savage Island”. Thankfully these days the…

Sailing the Banks

I am very proud to have had another article published in the September 2017 Boating New Zealand magazine. This time I wrote about beautiful Banks Peninsula – our home sailing grounds, and some of the fabulous places that we have in our backyard to explore. You can read the article on the Boating NZ website…

Lessons from the Haulout Yard

Isn’t it amazing that after 14 years, I am still learning things about my boat?! One day Andrew casually asked when the last time was that I replaced the water hoses on the motor. “Ummmmmm… hoses, what hoses?? Oh those black ones…? – nope never replaced them” I replied. “Well you do know that if…

Wildwood’s Boat Wrap – 3 Years On

Three years ago Wildwood was in bad need of a new topside paint job. But instead of getting her painted I decided to have her wrapped instead. At the time I had lots of questions about boat wrapping and many people asked me to keep them posted with how the wrap performed compared to regular…

Sailing with a Ukulele

“After years of ‘pot bashing’, it is time to learn an actual instrument to enhance our summer raft ups.” announced Nicci’s email. I wasn’t offended – anyway, our pot bashing she speaks of would have to be the most melodic kind of pot bashing you have ever heard… but regardless, I was happy to move…

Marine Electronics – Making a power budget

How much power do you use? It is not normally something we would even usually think about in a house. You come home, turn on all the lights, the heat pump, start cooking in the oven, use hot water in the shower, blow dry your hair, put your dishes in the dishwasher, turn on the…